How to Avoid Back-to-school Germs
School holidays are over, and it is time for your children to go back to school. While some parents are relieved to return to their usual routine, some dread the start of a new term as it is often accompanied by a wave of sickness. Find out some great ways to avoid back-to-school germs from this article.
1. How are germs spread in school?
Schools are natural breeding grounds for germs, because it has a lot of people in close quarters. Children are especially susceptible to falling sick because they are often sharing toys, food, and classroom equipment with one another.
2. Where can we find most germs in school?
You will be surprised to find out that the school’s bathroom doors are the dirtiest as not all children wash their hands as they should after using the toilet and hence, exiting the bathroom may be quite hazardous to your children’s health.
Spending most of the day in the classroom at their desks, students are exposed to germs when other students sneeze or cough. Research has shown that, desk surfaces breed the most bacteria in classrooms or offices. Unless students clean their desks regularly, it means they are in daily contact with traces of mucus from cold and cough.
One of the easiest way for germs to spread is through hand contact. It is not surprising that the monkey bars, swing and slides are contaminated with harmful bacteria that pass from children to children when they play.
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3. How to prevent getting sick?
To prevent germs from entering the body, hand washing is key. Teach your child proper hand washing techniques with Lifebuoy Total 10 Germ Protection Handwash and let them know the importance of it. Make it interesting by hanging a cute educational hand washing poster in the bathroom to keep your child’s focus.
Additionally, pack Lifebuoy Hand Sanitizer Mild Care and wet wipes into your child’s school bag so that they can clean their hands after touching surfaces when water is not available. It is also wise to remind your child to wipe down his school desk daily before going home to prevent them from bringing germs back home.
Other than adopting good hygiene habits, maintaining general health with sufficient sleep, nutritious food, adequate hydration, and healthy exercise is also crucial in keeping the immune system strong.
4. How to prevent the spreading of germs?
As parents, you can help your children to avoid spreading germs by teaching them the correct handwashing techniques. You can also remind them to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing and use hand sanitizer or wet wipes to clean their hands and mouths after that.
To keep illness at bay, both parents and kids have the responsibility to carry out their duty to stop the spreading of germs. To anticipate the reopening of the new school term, remember to add tissues and sanitisers into your shopping list!